Hey, hey! We’ve selected the very best of what’s happening in Vienna this week so you can spend less time working out what to do, and spend more time making the most out of this city… and life.
Check out below the 44 awesome things happening this week in Vienna:
Need a place? Speed dating for flatmates in a cool location
When: MON, February 19, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Where: Cafe Bitter Mendez
Entry: free with registration! Register here
Need a room in this jungle of a city? This monthly event is the perfect way to look for your future roommate, or to look for a shared flat! This is one fun, and more relaxed alternative to running around checking out hundreds of different apartments. To top it off you can celebrate immediately with drinks once you find your perfect match. The turnout at this event keeps growing and we keep hearing word that many people have found each other through this event!
How it works? You get a name tag with either ‘looking for a room,’ or ‘I have a room’ on it, and you start mingling. The lovely crowd organising the event are always happy to help.
Recommended if you like: the idea of finding your new home over a drink, the idea of finding a place before your contract ending at the end of the month, being a people person
The new after work event for travel-lovers
When: TUE–THU, February 20–22, 1pm–9pm
Where: MQ – Museumsquartier
Entry: Free, but be quick to get one of the limited tickets here!
This new 3-day event happening at MQ this week is all about travel and planning a journey. Find out everything about the most unconventional and exceptional destinations to go to, or to put on your infinite bucket list until you’ve saved up enough pocket money to buy the plane ticket. There will be plenty of people sprucing their unique accommodation experiences, as well as others handing out tons of inspiration for the planning of your next trip. From adventure travel to barrier free travelling, culture trips, educational and study trips, as well as spa and wellness vacations – you’ll find info on everything you can imagine.
Plus: food and drink will also be available throughout the three days!
Recommended if you like: travelling and vacation, planning great trips you’ll eventually never make, being inspired, hunting for inspiration, MQ events, three-day events, learning about places you’ve never heard before, having no keys in your pocket
Pop rock indie outfit from the UK is in town
When: MON, February 19, 7pm–23pm
Entry: 20.40€, buy your ticket here
This Pop Rock Indie band out of the UK, The Hunna, will be in town to perform at the Flex. The four boys are known for producing infectious sounds. Listen to them and you’ll somehow get into a summery-feeling (which we all desperately need!). The band, Coasts, from the UK will be their support. Get yourself a ticket here and be at their show this Monday. Here’s what The Hunna sound like:
Recommended if you like: the way British people talk, checking out young talent in the music scene, indie rock/pop, that un-kept look, wearing Asic Tigers, being a little punk, wearing black, tight jeans
Something a little freaky on stage from the land of IKEA
When: MON, Feb 19, 8pm–11pm
Entry: 37€, buy your ticket here
Fever Ray is the solo project of Swedish singer-songwriter and producer, Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson. She’s currently on tour and will make a quick stop in this lovely city of ours. If you’re into her unique voice and sound (and a unique performance on stage, so we’ve heard), you should definitely be at the Gasometer this Monday. This is what she sounds like, in case you haven’t heard of her before:
Recommended if you like: IKEA, the North, listening to FM4 in the car, that un-kept look, wearing mismatching socks, unique performances, getting freaky naughty
A cookbook release @ the cafe/ cookbook store, Babettes
When: TUE, February 20, 5pm–7pm
Entry: Free, make sure to register here
The cafe/ cookbook store, Babette’s Spice & Books for Cooks, is hosting another cookbook release this Tuesday evening. “Kochen für Faultiere” (cooking for lazybones) by Jan-Philipp Cleusters is a book full of recipes that will take you longer to read then to actually cook – a maximum of 8 minutes per dish, on average. The author will be present on the night, as well as a few snacks from the book to try.
Recommended if you like: cookbooks and recipes, book clubs, new ideas and inspiration for your daily cooking, dishes to cook in under 8 minutes, small snacks and free food to try, mingling nights, thinking of dinner at breakfast time
He’s turning the tables in a new way: Grandmaster Flash
When: TUE, February 20, 9:30pm–4am
Entry: 33€, buy your ticket here
The famous US-American DJ and hip hop pioneer, Grandmaster Flash, is taking hip hop to another level. He’s inviting the crowd to watch him doing his trade on the screen, and it won’t only be about hearing, but also ‘seeing’ the music. Sounds batshit crazy, but that’s what makes it special, in our not so humble opinion. This will all be happening in the classy, retro setting of the Gartenbaukino. Why don’t you check it out for yourself this Tuesday. Here’s a preview to Grandmaster Flash’s Hip Hop, People, Places and Things:
Recommended if you like: hip hop, flat-brimmed baseball cap, shakin’ yo’ booty, unique locations for Hip Hop events, slowly bouncing up down to the beat with one hand in the air, not knowing what to expect
Enjoy a relaxing evening with live indie pop music
When: TUE, February 20, 7:30pm–2am
Instead of making juice out of their lemons, they made a band out of them… introducing the Lemon Lovers (this was definitely one of our worst jokes so far). With a few new songs in their pockets, this indie band from Portugal is on tour through Europe at the moment. They’ll make a stop in Vienna this Tuesday and will play a gig at DasBach. Their support will be the Austrian indie band, Treibsand. Listen to this song, it will get you in the mood for their concert, for sure:
Recommended if you like: lemonade, checking out indie talents from abroad, feeling at home while listening to lovely music, foot massages, that song about a lemon tree, checking out international acts
A classical concert at the Wien Museum
When: TUE, February 20, 7pm–10pm
Where: Wien Museum
Entry: 24€, buy your ticket here
Alte Musik is being celebrated at this festival, this month, and with ‘old music’ they’re referring to the period of 1908 – 1961 (which is also referred to as New Music, according to Wikipedia…). This Tuesday will be “Voix Étouffées” in concert. If you’re into classical music you should buy a ticket here and be at the Wien Museum on Tuesday.
Recommended if you like: reading classic literature in an armchair under a lamp, smoking a pipe, nostalgia for a time you never lived, Mozart, seriously talented musicians performing live
Brit’ who is really good with words, Ghostpoet, on stage
When: WED, February 21, 7pm–10:30pm
Entry: 24.60€, buy your ticket here
He started out as a rapper, but turned into a wonderful storyteller, making alternative electro’ sounds. We’re talking about the musician, Obaro Ejimiwe, aka. Ghostpoet from the UK. He’ll be in town for a night to perform at the Flex this Wednesday. Get yourself a ticket here, and check out this song of his:
Recommended if you like: the way Brit’s talk, people who are good with words, music that will make you dance to, gin and tonic, listening to FM4 in the car, that un-kept look, wearing mismatching socks
They claim to be the best of their kind, whether that’s true or not, this pub quiz will be fun
When: WED, February 21, 7:30pm
Where: Tunnel Vienna
Entry: 8€ per person
The favourite student hangout/ local bar, The Tunnel, is buzzing with events these days, including regular quizzes. One of the most original quiz nights happening this year is ‘The Best Damn Bar Quiz Night!’, hosted by comedians from the crowd at ‘Vienna’s funniest Stand Up comedy’ – it’s as funny as it is challenging, with American comedian, Okello Dunkley as host, mixing in comedy. For just 8 bucks per person you can join in on the fun this Wednesday, and if you’re really, really good you might even win. We’re definitely rooting for you.
Recommended if you like: playing games, team activities, a friendly competition that might turn violent after you’ve had too many beers, loling, a good ol’ pub quiz, being brilliant at knowing irrelevant things
Those Angry Man (a band) at Café Carina
When: WED, February 21, 9pm–11pm
Where: Café Carina
If rock’n’roll is your thing, you might be up for going to this event on Wednesday night. Those Angry Man, an international Rock’n’Roll band (so they’re not actually angry men), will perform at Café Carina this week. They’re mixing acoustic sounds with Classic Rock and Funk elements.
Recommended if you like: people who dedicate their lives to music, grungy locations, bearded men, the rough and ready type, leather jackets, experiencing unique locations with a local feel
You’ve got to know your film facts for this fun quiz night
When: WED, February 21, 7pm-2am
The concert venue, DasBACH, is hosting its monthly quiz. It’s a one-of-a-kind that aims to test the film fanatic in you. Known, aptly, as the Filmquiz, the quiz is packed with questions that only a true movie buff carrying around random facts from blockbusters, film classics and trash cinema in their heads will be able to answer. If this sounds like a fun night for you, then be at DasBACH on Wednesday and join in the fun. You’ll finally be able to get something out of all the hours you’ve spent of your life watching TV.
Recommended if you like: playing games, being a film fanatic, a friendly competition that might turn violent after you’ve had too many beers, loling, a good ol’ pub quiz, being brilliant at knowing irrelevant things
Poetry slam night at The Loft
When: WED, February 21, 8pm–11pm
Where: The Loft
Every third Wednesday of the month, the party location on the Gürtel, The Loft, becomes rather quiet and turns into a theatre-like location. The Loftslam Stille Post (‘whisper down the lane’) invites everyone to participate as part of their poetry slam. So if you want to check out the local poetry slam scene, or even participate yourself, check it out!
Recommended if you like: poetry made for the modern day, the beauty to be found in words, wordsmiths, people being bold, poetry, emotional events, fancy words, championships of any kind, being a jury member for once in your lifetime
Workshop in a cafe: Learn how to sew your own clothes
When: THU, February 22, 4pm–8pm
Where: Das Möbel
Entry: 10€ (including fabric, colours, etc), leave a message on the FB event page, or just come by spontaneously!
Learn how to create your own things with a sewing machine at the cafe, Das Möbel, and get tips and tricks from a real sewing pro – Nadine Felden. No matter what you have in mind, you’ll be able to choose the fabric and colours provided, or bring your own, and start creating! The location is perfect for a few winter hours of collective sewing fun.
Recommended if you like: fashion and design, making your own stuff, sewing machines, doing stuff with fabric, learning something new, being inspired by other people, spending a comfy afternoon with motivated people
A night of networking & flirting
When: THU, February 22, 6pm–12am
Where: Le Meridien
The fancy schmancy, Le Meridien hotel, is throwing their party series, Büroschluss after work party, again this Thursday.. Don’t miss out on the chance to do some hard core networking (be sure to practise in the mirror, before), dancing, eating, and flirting at this popular after work event. Have we mentioned that entry is free? Just sayin’.
Recommended if you like: after work networking, fancy hotels, getting your make up done by someone else than you, after work clubbing, free welcome drinks, Leberkässemmeln, talking about the stock market even though you have no f**** idea what you’re talking about
Let’s deca-dance in the name of Falco at U4
When: THU–FRI, February 1–2, 7pm–5am
Where: U4 Club
Entry: 35€, buy your ticket here
Once a year, the former band colleagues of Falco’s band get together and pay tribute to the king of Austropop. And this year it’s the 20-year anniversary of Falco’s death, so there’s an extra reason to honour the man, the legend. And what better location then the U4 for this special event. So get yourself a ticket and pay tribute to him yourself. Plus, there will be a great after party, so they say.
Recommended if you like: dancing until the early morn’, cream and/or whiskey in your coffee, paying homage to dead people, Vienna calling, snorting white substances out of good looking people’s belly buttons
A Folk Rock band out of Italy in Vienna…A-whaaaaat?!
When: THU, February 22, 8pm–11pm
Entry: 21.20€, buy your ticket here
The four boys from the South Tyrolian Folk Rock band, Mainfelt (they’re actually full-grown men rocking beards and such, but we just like to call ‘em boys) are currently on their Vice and Virtue tour through Europe. And supposedly, they’re really into touring and performing, so we assume they know what they’re doing. Check them out at the B72 this Thursday if you wanna find out for yourself. Here’s one of their catchy tunes, ‘All My Ghost’:
Recommended if you like: Mumford & Sons, seriously talented musicians performing live, intimate locations, Gürtel locations, listening to FM4 in the car, that un-kept look, wearing mismatching socks, the Wild Wild West
Traditional Klezmer sounds at the Sargfabrik
When: THU, February 22, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Klezmer, a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, has a long tradition. With a broad repertoire of instrumental, traditional Klezmer songs of wedding and festive music, folk songs and other, the Ensemble Klesmer Wien is doing everything they can so this tradition stays alive. Check out their website for more info about them. If you’re interested in this kinda thing – so energetic music that will make you want to jump up and dance – they’ll be playing a concert at the Sargfabrik this Thursday. This is what they sound like live:
Recommended if you like: music that makes you wanna’ dance, Folk songs, good wholesome fun, Klemzer music, music full of energy and life, music that tells stories, experiencing something different
Short films from young filmmakers
When: THU, February 22, 8pm–11om
Movie marathons are your thing? Listen up! At this movie evening in the Brunnenpassage, you’ll get to see 4 selected short movies of the Balkan Beyond Borders Short Film Festival 2017 which were focused on the topic of “Enter/Exit”. The NGO, Balkan Beyond Borders, supports young filmmakers and artists from the Balkan region, so they get the chance to show their stories and perspectives to a wider audience.
Recommended if you like: popcorn, supporting young talents, watching small movie productions, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, being interested in the East, traveling East, falling in love with Eastern Europeans
A very Viennese evening at the Rhiz
When: THU, February 22, 8:30pm–11pm
Entry: 12€, reserve via firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you wanting to improve your Wiener Schmäh and your ability to understand the local language? Then be at the Rhiz on Thursday night. The songwriter and man of words, Der Nino aus Wien, plus the band Dritte Hand will be playing a gig at the Rhiz this week. The ticket will be just 12 bucks, and you’ll get to hear old and new songs from both. Here’s what they both sound like, if you’ve never heard a song from them before:
Recommended if you like: improving your Viennese German, intimate locations, people who dedicate their lives to music, Singer / Songwriters, making love to slow songs
Exhibition with augmented reality: Unrest After The Storm, by Günter Brus
When: February 2 – August 12
Where: 21er Haus
Entry: 8€ (6€ students)
He’s one of the pioneers of performance art, and his name is Günter Brus. Because it’s his 80th birthday, the Belvedere 21 is currently hosting an exhibition to pay homage to him. In this rather comprehensive retrospective showcase, the museum will shine a light on the Austrian artist’s oeuvre (we’re so sophisticated, aren’t we?!) and the way he uses the body as a canvas, and a screen to critique society. You’ll have time until August to see this exhibition. Plus this exhibition is a super special one because the Belvedere has teamed up with the pioneering augmented reality app, Artivive and an extra dimension to the experience in which you can watch the art come to life.
Recommended if you like: fucking the society (well, not literally, but you know what we mean), being totally against the system except on Tuesdays when you visit your Oma, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, being a fiend for culture
Photo © eSeL.at / Belvedere Wien 2018
Exhibition opening of Christy Astuy – Goldkind
When: THU, February 22, 7pm–9pm (ongoing)
Where: Galerie Jünger
At this exhibition from American born, Vienna-based painter, Christy Astuy, ‘Goldkind,’ you’ll get to see new works of hers which have been influenced and inspired by modern technology. This Thursday will mark the opening event of the exhibition, but you’ll have until April 21 to visit the Galerie Jünger to check it out. And if you’re interested in the artist, check out her website.
Recommended if you like: digital art, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, mingling among artsy people, Sunday strolling through museums, thinking outside the box, modern technology, artists that take you place you’ve never been before
Afro-Trap Frenchman brings some summer vibes @ Grelle Forelle
When: FRI, February 23, 7pm–11pm
Where: Grelle Forelle
Entry: 28/30€ (get ’em here)
Afro–Trap Frenchman, MHD, may only rap in French, but that ain’t stopping him wracking up the view count on ye’ old Youtube. While this is probably partly down to the smorgasbord of football stars who feature in his music videos (who probs’ wont be in Grelle this Friday) it is mainly down to the indisputable summer vibes that every tune of his radiates. Expect good times in the dark and mysterious underground club of Grelle Forelle this Friday.
Recommended if you like: Afro Trap, summer vibes n the middle of winter, name dropping in music videos, French Rap, getting in the mood for the summer, smoke machines in dark clubs, going home when the sun comes up
A Falco tribute party and band
When: THU–FRI, February 22–23, 7pm–5am
Where: U4 Club
Entry: 35€, 74€ (meet and greet plus CD/DVD), get your tickets here
When talking about tribute bands, its hard to discern who is the original and the best, because they all claim to be. Not many can claim they have original members of the band on stage though, which The Goldfisch can. This Thursday and Friday, you’ll get your chance to catch them, and their stellar line-up of special guests performing all of the Falco’s favourites.
Recommended if you like: Falco, rocking Amadeus, Jeanny, doing lines of suspicious white powder off stranger’s genitals, talcum powder nights, partying in dodgy locations in U-bahn stations, Austro–pop legends
Go swing dancing in a school
When: FRI, February 23, 8pm–2am
Where: Gymnasium Wasagasse
The crowd from the dancing outfit SwingAUT is calling one and all to kick it like in the old days (their words, not ours) Here’s the event explained in their own words: ‘We wanna celebrate like back in the days – cowboys, spiderman, princesses, pirates, lindy gras hoppser, rocky balboa dancers, laminators, shark shaggers, 3 angels for charleston and whatever you can imagine.’ One thing we know for sure is that this sounds like a whole lot of fun… and hey, how often do you get to party in a school’s gym.
Recommended if you like: wearing your socks pulled up high and suspenders, dancing the Lindy Hop, Swing Big Band music, nostalgia of a time you never lived, antique shops and fleamarkets, vintage clothes, Fasching Parties, dragging out Fasching as long as possible, getting dressed up
From Disco to Disco, House party to House Music’s all time best
When: FRI, February 23, 10pm–5am
House headliner, Hans Nieswandt, became an accidental star in the 90s with his track ‘From Disco to Disco’. He had, however no interest in the fame and was perfectly happy playing in weird locations and doing House parties. In this sense, the intimate venue of Prime, provides the perfect spot to bring a night of all the best House tracks, interlaced with pure danceable Disco, that will be rising from the decks of good ol’ Hans.
Recommended if you like: having nothing to lose, taking your Deep House seriously, catching big name DJ names, beer and cigarettes, one day of stubble, intimate locations, the Bermuda Triangle of Wien, dreieck
The American rockabilly, ragtime blues, and old time swing musician is in town
When: FRI, February 23, 8pm–11pm
Entry: 25€ (available here)
You’ve got the rare chance of catching the energetic performance by the American musician and band, Pokey Lafarge, this Friday. Their music spans everything we have come to love about American music – Jazz, Country and Western, Blues and Ragtime – all at once and all in a voice that is both refreshing fresh, while strangely familiar and from the past. These guys are truly a kicking act, not to be missed.
Recommended if you like: all the above music genres, Little Richard, Rockabilly stuff, the sound of a blues guitar, dedicating your life to music, when musicians of different genres get together and create magic, slapstick comedy
A Funk takeover of the fluc
When: FRI, February 23, 10pm–4am
Where: fluc + fluc wanne
Who’s got the Funk? Fluc has got the Funk! Get down and get groovy this Friday as fluc when it’s taken over by some Funk specialists who want nothing more than to bring the joy to your toy and your desperate dancing feet (we have no idea what we mean by that last bit).
Recommended if you like: shirts with big collars, big sweeping dancefloors, getting some serious dancing done on a Friday night, Al Green, Taj Mahal, funking it up on a Friday (whatever the hell that means)
Indie/ Pop/ Rock album release
When: FRI, February 23, 8pm–12am
Entry: 10€ (or buy ticket and new album for only 15€)
Better late than never for this Indie Pop Rock outfit! Having unfortunately delayed their initial ‘post release’ show (damn Man Flu) they will be finally getting on stage to celebrate its release at the Kramladen this Friday night. Maybe the delay was a good thing, because it also means that the talented Tall William will be supporting them – a man who is never short of a good lyric.
Recommended if you like: homegrown talent, wearing Asics Tigers, making farting sounds with your armpit, the rough and ready type, tattoos, indie rock, Artic Monkeys and more of this indie delight, to cross dress on Thursdays
Wine tasting @ Magdas Hotel
When: FRI, February 23, 7pm–10pm
Where: Magdas Hotel
Try at least to be be discreat when you swallow, right? No one wants to get caught draining their glass this Friday at Magdas, because they’ll have a proper pro talking about the wines. So try to behave. The winemaker, Emil Bauer, will be supplying the commentary on what you’re drinking. The relaxed environment and good food and company will undoubtably relax the stiffness that normally accompany such events.
Recommended if you like: swallowing (your wine you dirty, dirty people), German wine, getting casually drunk when you aren’t supposed to, chilled evenings, talking wine
Catch some Brahms with the London Symphony Orchestra
When: FRI, February 23, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: 83–114€ (available here)
Catch yourself some Brahms this Friday, as the London Symphony Orchestra team up with not only the direction of Lionel Bringuier, but also the Russian Star that is Alina Ibragimova, as she makes her Konzerthaus debut. They will be performing Brahms, ‘Concert for Violin (go figure) and Orchestra D-Dur op. 77 (1877-1878). No crowd surfing, please.
Recommended if you like: wearing velvet jackets and cravats, listening to classical music while smoking a pipe in your study, leather armchairs, tracing your family tree back to a crusader, Johannes Brahms, Russian Violinists
The Classic Rock and Roll film musical live on stage!
When: SUN, February 25, 3pm–6pm
Entry: 41.90–91.90€ (available here)
Do you need some summer lovin’? The only kind of summer loving’ that Grease the musical can deliver? Well, the show itself, whether it’s the film or the stage version, needs no introduction from us. We know you all bought a pair of leather pants after seeing the movie with Travolta and that sex blonde Australian playing Sandy. And if you do go to the musical version being performed in the MQ over these coming weeks, we bet you our grandmother and her inheritance that you walk out with several ear worms.
Recommended if you like: parties where you can freak out, slicking your hair back, leather jackets, Little Richard, Rockabilly stuff, the sound of a blues guitar, leather jackets and pants, carrying a comb with you at all times, high school jock jackets, Travolta films
A party in a pizzeria
When: FRI, February 23, 10pm–4am
Where: Pizza Randale
Is this a Bunga Bunga party? Get ready this Friday for what must be one of the first of a very special evenings. Pizza Randale is more than just a pizzeria, it’s a lifestyle choice, and as they turn off the wood ovens, the heat will pick up and the DJs will get started. Rumour has it there will be left over pizza for the last person standing in this pizzeria/ party location… (unfounded)
Recommended if you like: Bunga Bunga parties, partying in a pizzeria, free entry, Italian things, putting on your best godfather accent/suit, unicorns, eating even the crust from the pizza
Party on Wayne, Party on Garth – a special screening of the 90s classic
When: FRI, February 23, 10:30pm–12:30am
A screening of the film that catapulted Mike Myers to stardom will be happening at the retro cinema, Filmcasino, this Friday. Everyone has memories of this film, (if you don’t then you definitely should be going!) whether it is the Bohemian Rhapsody car head banging scenes, the ‘Schwinging’ on a sofa, or the ‘she will be mine’ guitar moments. Party on.
Recommended if you like: underground tv shows, the little guy fighting the big guy and getting the babe, head banging to the Bohemian Rhapsody in the car, product placement, the schwing, quoting Wayne’s World in the most random moments
An exhibition on form and following rules in architecture
When: November 23, 2017 – April 4, 2018
Where: Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien
Entry: 9€ (7€ students, or for free on WED 5pm–7pm)
The exhibit ‘Form follows Paragraph’ will focus on how architects battle with their need to adhere to building regulations and standards in their designs. With a historical dimension in mind, the question arises whether famous sites of Vienna would have been possible under current regulations, and will also ask the question: what rules does society actually need, and which are actually overkill? You’ll have time to visit this exhibition until April 4. But come on, winter’s the perfect time for going to exhibitions, right?
Recommended if you like: opening events, reading history books that smell like your grandma, Sunday strolls through museums, thinking outside the box, being an architect
Getting your dose of contemporary culture with Thomas Bayrle’s exhibit
When: WED, October 25, 2017 – MON, April 2, 2018
Entry: 9.90€, students 7.50€, free entry every Tuesday 6pm–10pm
Berlin-born artist, Thomas Bayrle, will be featured at MAK this autumn with his solo exhibition, ‘If it’s too long, make it longer,’ that showcases a combination of his multi-medial works, along with his computer-generated art. Art, handicraft and industrial production are explored through dyeing, weaving and programming processes, creating a kaleidoscopic of forms and ornaments.
Recommended if you like: strolling through museums on a cold autumn day, mingling among artsy people, showing others that you are interested in art
Aesthetics of Change – 150 years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
When: December 12 – April 14
Where: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Entry: 15€ (students 9€)
The University of Applied Arts Vienna’s roots date back to 1867, when the School of Arts and Crafts was established at the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art & Industry, which is known as ‘the MAK’ today. The first is thus celebrating its 150-year-anniversary and the latter is hosting an exhibition in its honour. This exhibition, Aesthetics of Change, takes a look at the past 150 years of the talent that has gone through the University of Applied Arts Vienna, while it also dares to look into the future at the same time.
Recommended if you like: taking a museum stroll, the old and new, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, Sunday strolling through museums
Photo via MAK/Georg Mayer
Traces of time: An exhibition that explores the behind the scenes of art
When: ongoing until February 26, 2018
Where: Leopold Museum
Entry: 8€–13€ (available here or at the door)
Focusing on the ‘how’ and not the ‘what’ is a large behind the creation of contemporary art, and not just art, but everyday objects in the world of art – photography and architecture, for example. Investigating the research aspect of art, and how it’s documented, this exhibition offers a unique look behind the scenes of contemporary art.
Recommended if you like: thinking outside the box, being outside your comfort zone, getting to know your city, being socially active, being culturally active, peeking behind the scenes, contemporary art, translating art talk and descriptions into something vaguely understandable
Viennese Expressionism combined with the stars of Jugendstil
When: January 18 – April 10, 10am–6pm
Where: Leopold Museum
To celebrate the anniversary year of Viennese Modernism, the Leopold Museum has gathered together works of all the main protagonists in the movement, including Klimt and Moser. And they’ve put them up on the wall alongside the world-renowned Expressionists, Gerstl and Kokoschka. To make the exhibition a well-rounded experience, they have also collected outstanding examples of design, from furniture to posters out of the era of the Wiener Werkstätte.
Recommended if you like: Expressionists, Jugendstil, Wiener Werkstätte, art history books, practicing your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, Sucessionists, any of the above listed artists
A very human photography exhibition
When: January 18-March 3 (TUE-FRI 10am-7pm, SAT 11am-4pm, SUN closed)
Where: Christine König Gallerie
Juergen Teller, German artist and fine-art and fashion photographer, is currently exhibiting a range of his poignantly human photography in the Christine König Galerie. Having been featured in a raft of magazines for his fashion photography, his work is famous for its raw, overexposed style. This is definetely a exhibition worth checking out if you’re into the beauty of imperfection like Juergen is.
Recommended if you like: wearing mismatching socks, the beauty of the imperfect, talented photography, being moved by an image, street photography, wandering a gallery for hours
How to occupy a shipwreck
When: January 25 – April 2
Where: Kunst Haus Wien
An exhibition by the Austrian artist, activist and filmmaker Oliver Ressler, is currently on at the Kunst Haus Wien. He is known for his extensive research and elaborate implementation of work that makes a statement. In his current work, ‘How to occupy a shipwreck,’ you’ll get to watch four films from a series that documents pivotal moments in the climate change movement. This will be a seriously thought-provoking experience, we assume.
Recommended if you like: taking care of the environment, your planet, questioning how things are, thinking for yourself, being an activist, expressing your opinion, getting inspired by art
Photo via Oliver Ressler/Kunsthaus Wien
Exhibition Opening: The Art of the Viennese Watercolor
When: THU, February 16 (ongoing until May 13)
this exhibition at the Albertina, will put Viennese Watercolor in the spotlight. The Golden Age of this kind of art was during the Biedermeier era (that’s 1815 til 1848, in case you didn’t know, and yes, we had to google it as well). This Thursday will mark the opening day of the exhibition, but you’ll have time til May 13, if you’re interested in this kinda’ art.
Recommended if you like: learning about the place where you live, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, Sunday strolling through museums, practising your pensive face in the mirror
Photo via Albertina
The Tower of Babel, made out of a toy railway
When: FRI, February 9–March 30, on appointment
Where: Sammlung Friedrichshof
With the vernissage happening on Thursday 8th, and the exhibition proper starting on the Friday, there will be plenty of opportunity to witness the ‘Tower of Babel’, which is Fürtler’s latest piece. Clemens Fürtler creates image generating, kinetic objects, built out of model railway and freeway parts – the so-called, Bildmaschinen. Using toys, railway paraphernalia, and models of suburban houses to construct his tower, he hopes to highlight the contrast in the imagined perfect world scenario, while creating his own version of the Tower of Babel.
Recommended if you like: babbling on, eating culture for breakfast, seeing unique ways to use toys as art, graphic design, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, being happy, licking your nose with your tongue, contemporary art
Ice skating wonderland with a picturesque background, anyone?
When: January 20 – March 4, 10am–10pm
Entry: tba, for more information click here
The Wiener Eistraum is back this weekend for what is probably one of the most romantic things in a Viennese winter (or to get all of those bruises that you tell people you got in a bar fight). The winter wonderland that pops up in front of the Rathaus every year is up and running again and we’ll be bringing a group of friends, helmets and our phones up and ready to capture every moment. Check out the website for details, such as how much you’ll be forking out for entry and skate rental.
Recommended if you like: embarrassing yourself on a first date because you have two left feet on skates, doing pirouettes on the ice, sharpening your skates with a steely look in your eye, planning something romantic with your loved ones, trying out the moves from Starlight Express on ice